I am getting the old (1953) Norton up and running , not a full restoration , just road worthy
Was not sure of the condition of the inside of the fuel tank , as it’s the best part of 60 years old , the sides felt a bit spongey .
Only one thing for it , cut the bottom off and have a look
Nice surprise to find it in good condition , just a coffee coloured tied mark , that took some shifting to remove , once it was all clean , left it for a week to dry
From new the tank only had thin sides !
Then re fiberglass the inside , first thick matting , then a fine mesh
Made a shelf out of fiberglass , for the base to sit on , all the inside was given a coat of resin , and the shelf before I replaced the bottom , cut was filled with resin , then strips of the thick mat , then a layer of fine mesh , then a coat of just resin ,
300ml of resin inside and run around the shelf best I could .
A lot stronger then when new now .
I think the 97 ron fuel has very little if any ethanol in it , but I plan on draining the tank after a ride ,
Should be good for another 60 years .
Could have got a alloy tank , but I am trying to keep the bike as it was .
Picture of the bike is when I first got it !